Continuing Professional Development Modules

Programme Requirements

The modules listed on this page are available to support Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules. Applicants should contact the Graduate Studies Office on (021) 490 3224 for further information. On successful completion of these modules the learner will be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Studies

Department of Early and Medieval Irish, School of Irish Learning

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development, (CPD), approved candidates may take one-off modules and be provided with a transcript of marks.

Students may take the following module (subject to availability):

CC6008Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research10

Department of Italian, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development, (CPD), candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, be permitted to take individual modules and will be eligible to register for examinations in the internationally recognised DITALS certification.

Students may take one or more modules from the following (subject to availability):

IT6104Teaching of Italian as a Second Language 110
IT6105Teaching of Italian as a Second Language 210

School of Applied Social Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Youth Work

Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, be permitted to take individual modules, as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

The following modules are available:

SS6020Principles and Practice of Youth Work10
SS6036Youth Work: Working with Individuals and Groups10

College of Business and Law

School of Business

Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship

Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, be permitted to take individual modules, as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

The following modules are available:

AC6301Innovation Finance5
IS6306Technology Business Planning5

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Programmes in the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

MSc (Applied Environmental Geoscience)

Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, be permitted to take individual modules, as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

The following modules are available:

GL6022Environment and Planning: Policy & Regulation 5
GL6023Offshore Environmental Geology5
GL6024Applied Geophysics5
GL6025Geoinformatics for Environmental Geology5
GL6028Applied Hydrogeology Skills5
GL6029Applied Geotechnical Skills5
MSc (Biomedical Sciences)

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development, (CPD), approved candidates from the Biomedical Science professions may take one-off modules and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks. Candidates would receive credit for modules taken as CPD should they subsequently register for the full MSc Degree in Biomedical Sciences.

MEngSc (Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering)

Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, be permitted to take individual modules, as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering

Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator, be permitted to take individual modules, as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

College of Medicine and Health

School of Clinical Therapies

The following modules from the MSc in Hearing, Balance and Communication are available to take as CPD:

CT6100Balance: Assessment and Management in Adults10
CT6103Advanced Practices in Paediatric Assessment of Hearing 15
CT6104Advanced Diagnostics of Otological and Neuro-otological Pathologies in Adults 5
CT6105Hearing, Balance and Communication: Impact on Quality of Life in Older Adults5
CT6106Cochlear Implants, Implantable Hearing Devices, and Impact on Communication5
CT6108Auditory Rehabilitation in the Adult Population5
CT6200Communication and Hearing in Paediatric and Adult Populations10
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This module is restricted to students with recognised prior clinical experience in diagnostic audiology.

Note: Modules may not run unless there is a minimum of 3 participants.

CPD module credit towards the MSc in Hearing, Balance and Communication

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Hearing, Balance and Communication programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for that programme, can apply to register for the MSc in Hearing, Balance and Communication with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years to a maximum of 20 credits. This will require a UCC Apply application by the student for the MSc.

School of Medicine

Department of General Practice

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), CPD modules in Primary Care are now offered by the Department of General Practice.

The following modules are available:

GP5100Diabetes in Primary Care10
GP5101Cardiovascular Disease in Primary Care (Blended learning module)10
GP5102Dementia in Primary Care10
GP5103Fundamentals of CVD in Primary Care5

The 10-credit modules consist of twelve weeks’ worth of online distance learning units, supported by two face-to-face study days. The 5-credit modules consist of six weeks' worth of online distance learning units, supported by a face-to-face study day.

These modules will run annually only when minimum recruitment targets are met.

Palliative Care

Different entry requirements apply to each Palliative Care module.

The following modules are available:

IP5001Holistic Approach to Palliative Care5
IP6013Pharmacotherapeutics in Palliative Care5
Older Person Rehabilitation

The Continuing Professional Development Modules in Older Person Rehabilitation are designed to provide students from a range of different professional backgrounds with interdisciplinary learning in an area of Older Person Rehabilitation. Classes are held in blocks during weekdays. A ten-credit module equates to 200-250 hours of learning, including approximately 40-50 hours of structured contact time.

Students may take one or more modules (to a maximum of twenty credits per year) from the following:

CG6002Stroke Rehabilitation10
CG6005Amputee and Prosthetic Rehabilitation5
CG6006Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders10
CG6009Principles in Older Person Rehabilitation10
CG6012Neuromuscular Disorders10
CPD module credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation, can apply to register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person Rehabilitation with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

Acceptance of a candidate onto the Postgraduate Certification in Older Person Rehabilitation is subject to Garda/Police Clearance. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

CPD module credit towards the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation, can apply to register for the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

Acceptance of a candidate onto the MSc in Older Person Rehabilitation is subject to Garda/Police Clearance. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Dementia

The Continuing Professional Development Modules in Dementia are designed to provide students from a range of different professional backgrounds with interdisciplinary learning in cognition and dementia. Classes are held in day blocks, during weekdays. A ten-credit module equates to 200-250 hours of learning, including approximately 40-50 hours of structured contact time.

Students may take one or both of the following modules:

CG6015Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia10
CG6016Advanced Issues in Dementia Care10
CPD module credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Dementia programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, can apply to register for the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

Acceptance of a candidate onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is subject to Garda Vetting. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

CPD module credit towards the MSc in Dementia

In accordance with UCC's policy on Recognition of Prior Learning, a student who has successfully completed modules for Continuous Professional Development within the MSc in Dementia programme, and/or has completed relevant university postgraduate modules in a cognate area at similar NFQ level (subject to approval of the Programme Team), and who meets the entry requirements for the MSc in Dementia, can apply to register for the MSc in Dementia with exemptions granted for modules taken within the previous five years.

Acceptance of a candidate onto the MSc in Dementia is subject to Garda Vetting. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

NU6116 Advanced Practice in Nursing (10 Credits) and NU6154 Advanced Practice in Midwifery (10 Credits) - specific entry criteria

Applicants must have a minimum of 7 years post-registration experience. The required experience must have been gained within the past 8 years with at least 5 years in the area in which advanced nursing or midwifery practice is being pursued. In addition, applicants must:

  1. demonstrate continuous professional development and have completed a Master's degree;
  2. provide evidence of support from their employer and a completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health/ authorised Nurse/Midwife Manager;
  3. provide nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor/and or Advanced Nurse or Midwife Practitioner mentor (completed Site Self-Declaration Form, signed by the Medical Practitioner/Advanced Nurse Practitioner Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision, support and learning opportunities including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence to practice at an advanced level in nursing or midwifery.

Applicants must contact their Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health/authorised Nurse Manager to discuss the identified need for advanced nursing or midwifery practice in his/her practice area/organisation.

The following modules are available:

MH5085Obesity Management and Prevention Training for Healthcare Professionals (not on offer in 2021/22)5
MH5092An Integrated Approach to Working with Individuals with Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health and Addiction Services (not on offer in 2021/22)5
MH6014Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals 110
MH6016Advance Care Planning 15
MH6029Decision Making and Advanced Practice Professional Roles10
MH6030Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance for Advanced Clinical Practice10
MH6032Effective Communication in Healthcare 210
MH6099Introduction to End-of-Life Decision-Making (not on offer in 2022/23) 35
MH6112Ethical Controversies in End-of-Life Care (not on offer in 2022/23) 310
MH6136Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Models:Behavioural Activation for Depression (not on offer in 2021/22) 45
NU5007Acute and Chronic Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals5
NU5077Diabetes Management (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU5082History Taking and Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (**Registered Nurses Only**)5
NU5083Informatics for Healthcare Professionals (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU5084Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU5086Complementary Therapies in Healthcare5
NU5087Practice and Principles of Health Promotion (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU5090Clinical Audit for Health Care Professionals (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU5091Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing (**Registered Nurses Only** (not on offer in 2021/22))5
NU5098National Foundation Module in Critical Care Nursing (**Registered Nurses Only**) 510
NU6005Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals10
NU6043Adults and Older People in the Community (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU6044Health and Health Promotion: Concepts and Principles (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU6053Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU6070Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery10
NU6078Ageing and Older People: Comprehensive Assessment and Management10
NU6079Promoting Positive Ageing and Planning for End of Life5
NU6080Leadership, Organisational Change & Practice Development10
NU6085Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals5
NU6093Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Renal Problems (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU6095Primary Health Care Services in the Community (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU6096Nursing in the Community in Primary Health Care 1 (not on offer in 2021/22)10
NU6107Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Gastrointestinal Problems (not on offer in 2021/22)5
NU6116Advanced Practice in Nursing (not on offer in 2021/22)10
NU6117Contemporary Approaches to Dementia, Stroke, and Mental Health in Later Life10
NU6123Independent Study in Advanced Nursing or Midwifery Practice (**Registered Nurses/Midwives Only** (not on offer in 2021/22)
NU6125Professional Practice Issues for Nurses and Midwives (**Registered Nurses/Midwives Only**)10
NU6127Elective Orthopaedic Nursing - Adult (**Registered Nurses Only** (not on offer in 2021/22)10
NU6128Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing - Adult (**Registered Nurses Only** (not on offer in 2021/22)10
NU6145Foundations of Cancer Care10
NU6150Nursing Management of Neonates (**Registered Nurses/Registered Children's Nurses/Midwives working in neonatal or paediatric care Only**)10
NU6152Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems 610
NU6153Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation (**Registered Midwives/Public Health Nurses Only**) 710
NU6154Advanced Practice in Midwifery (not on offer in 2021/22)10
NU6158Evidence Based Cervical Screening10
NU6167Maternity Critical Care (**Registered Nurses/Midwives Only**)10
NU6169Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures 810
NU6171Principles in Critical Care Nursing (**Registered Nurses/Midwives Only**) 910
NU6172Advanced Mental Health Assessment15
NU6173The theory and application of psychosocial interventions.10
NU6174Transitioning into the Role of the Clinical Nurse/Midwife Manager (**Registered Nurses/Midwives Only**)10
NU6302Practice Enhancement for Quality Healthcare 1010
NU6303Advancing Practice for Patient Safety 1010
NU6304Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare 1010
NU6306Clinical Leadership for Healthcare Quality Improvement 910
NU6310Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare 1110
NU6312Contemporary Issues in Healthcare 1010
NU6313Digital Healthcare 1010
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Applicants must be practising professionals (Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Education or other allied disciplines) with registration with the relevant professional regulatory body. Applicants for MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals must have achieved a pass result in a postgraduate research methods module equivalent to NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits).

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Applicants for MH6032 Effective Communication in Healthcare must have:

  • - An honours primary degree or an equivalent qualification in an appropriate healthcare profession* to be approved by the programme team.
  • - Applicants who do not meet these requirements, may, by virtue of their training and experience, at the discretion of the Programme Team, be deemed suitable for entry to the module. Such candidates may be requested to undergo an interview.

*A relevant health care profession includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and hearing science, psychology, social science, pastoral care, art therapy.

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Applicants must satisfy the following specific entry requirements:
Normally hold a Honours primary degree (minimum of a Second Class Honours Grade I):

  • in a relevant subject (e.g. nursing, medicine, pharmacy, clinical therapies, philosophy, law, theology, social sciences)
    or
  • in any discipline and either possess a postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or show evidence of at least two years' work experience in a relevant field.

Applicants with a Second Class Honours Grade 2 will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants without a primary degree may be recommended for entry to the module after a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the course committee.

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Applicants for MH6136 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Models:Behavioural Activation for Depression must be practising Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists with evidence of a core qualification and registration with their relevant body eg NMBI. Applicants must have completed a postgraduate course (NFQ Level 9) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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This module has intakes in Semesters 1, 2 and 3. Applicants must be practising nurses with evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module. Applicants must provide evidence that they will be working in a critical care environment (for a minimum of 19.5 hours/week). Applicants must provide a letter of support from their respective Director of Nursing and confirmation of having secured a clinical facilitator/preceptor for the duration of the module. This module is delivered online and via on campus/clinical site workshops and lectures.

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This module is open to registered general nurses only, who work in a non-critical care area (i.e. ward-based). 

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Places on these modules are limited and are offered to applicants from the HSE South/South West Hospital Group or Community Health Organisation Area 4 in the first instance. Any remaining places may be offered to applicants not from these organisations. If additional places are available, they will be offered to applicants providing antenatal education within the public health services based on timing of application.

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Applicants for NU6169 Authority to Refer for Radiological Procedures must in addition satisfy the following:

  • Have completed a module in patient physical assessment.
  • Have a minimum of 1 year's recent post registration clinical experience in nursing within the last 3 years.
  • Provide evidence from an employer by way of a completed site declaration form, signed by the Director of Nursing / Authorised Nurse Manager, the nominated Clinical Supervisor (Medical Practitioner) and the Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist). This must contain confirmation of a designated Medical Practitioner who will act as a Clinical Supervisor providing supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence in authority to refer for radiological procedures.
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Applicants for NU6171 Principles in Critical Care Nursing must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).

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Applicants must be qualified healthcare professionals registered with the regulatory body in their country of residence. Applicants must have a primary degree, NFQ Level 8 or equivalent. Applicants for NU6304 Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare must have achieved a pass result in a postgraduate research methods module equivalent to NU6310 Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (10 credits).
Note: In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not fulfil this entry requirement may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Some such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission to such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Apart from NU6116, NU6123, and NU6154 these modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.

Students who complete CPD modules may apply for exemptions from similar or relevant modules if taken within a five year period.

School of Pharmacy

The following modules are available:

MH5001Health Literacy for Health and Social Care Settings5
PF6504Coagulation Management for Healthcare Professionals5

Note: Modules may not be run unless there is a minimum requirement of 10 participants.

The following modules from the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy are also available to take as CPD:

PF6001Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal5
PF6005Pharmacoeconomics5
PF6006Pharmacotherapy II: Endocrinology, CNS, Musculoskeletal and Infectious Disease15
PF6007Pharmacotherapy III: Special Populations10
PF6009Pharmacotherapy I: Renal, CVS, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Diseases15
PF6010Drugs and Therapeutics: Safety, Efficacy and Rational Use10

A student who successfully completes and passes a module under CPD and who satisfies the programme eligibility criteria may be eligible for exemptions if he/she subsequently undertakes a Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy within five years from the date of successful completion of the module (and subject to the module being offered on the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Clinical Pharmacy programmes).

School of Public Health

Occupational Health

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), modules available in the MSc in Occupational Health, the MSc in Occupational Health (Online) are offered as CPD modules in the College of Medicine and Health.

These modules are available for external individuals to attend as independent modules, having as target groups essentially: Health and Safety Professionals in Industry and Healthcare, Occupational Health Nurses, Self-employed Occupational Health and Safety Consultants, Human Resources Managers among others. These modules are also available to Healthcare Professionals - doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, allied healthcare professionals among others.

Candidates who satisfy the programme eligibility criteria may, subject to the approval of the Programme Director/Coordinator, be permitted to take the individual modules referred below, as part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.

The modules available to be taken under these conditions are (to a maximum of 20 credits in total):

Modules from the MSc Occupational Health:

AD6800Training and Development Issues in Occupational Health5
EH6015Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace10
EH6017Principles, Theory and Application of Risk Assessment and Management Programmes10
EH6041Psychology Applied to Occupational Health and Safety5
EH6059Principles of Psychosocial Epidemiology5
EH6060Risk Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Work Risks5

Modules from the MSc Occupational Health (Online):

EH6109Occupational Health and Safety Management in the Workplace (Online)10
EH6110Risk Assessment and Implementation of Health and Safety Management Programmes10
LW6109Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Law (online)10
EH6140Environmental Health: Principal Aspects and Burden of Disease5
EH6141Psychosocial Epidemiology (online)5
EH6142Risk Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Risks (online)5

A student, if admitted to the course, who successfully completes and passes a module under CPD will be eligible for exemptions if he/she is admitted to the MSc in Occupational Health or the MSc in Occupational Health (Online) within five years from the date of successful completion of the module (and subject to the module being offered on the MSc in Occupational Health or the MSc in Occupational Health (Online)).

Clinical Trials

The following modules from the MSc in Clinical Trials (online) are available:

EH6123Fundamentals of Clinical Trials
EH6124Introduction to Clinical Trial Design and Analysis
EH6125Ethics, Data Management and Quality in Clinical Trials
Programmes in the College of Medicine and Health

As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), healthcare professionals may take a one-off module from the following programmes and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care
  • Master of Public Health
  • MSc (Clinical Pharmacy)
  • Master of Dental Public Health

Examinations

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards Book and for each module in the Book of Modules.